May 18 is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 227 days remaining until the end of the year. There are many great and memorable events that have occurred on on this day, these are just a few.

  • May 18 is also known as:
    • National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
      • This day was created to thank all thousands of volunteers, health professionals and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.
      • The day also promotes continued awareness and education for HIV
      • Celebrate this day by reading and educating your self on HIV, also use #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay to post on social media.
    • National Cheese Souffle Day
      • Celebrate this day by ordering a Cheese Souffle from your favorite restaurant. Also by using #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.
    • National No dirty Dishes Day
      • To celebrate this day you can either eat out for every meal or you can use disposable dishware.
      • Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media
  • Historical Events
    • on May 18 1631 – In Dorchester, Massachusetts, John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts.
    • On May 18 1652 – Rhode Island passes the first law in English-speaking North America making slavery illegal.
    • On May 18 1756 – The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France.
    • On May 18 1863 – American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg begins.
    • On May 18 1917 – World War I: The Selective Service Act of 1917 is passed, giving the President of the United States the power of conscription.
    • On May 18 1931 – Japanese pilot Seiji Yoshihara crashed his plane in the Pacific Ocean while trying to be the first to cross the ocean nonstop. He was picked up seven hours later by a passing ship.
    • On May 18 1934 – The U.S. Congress approved an act, known as the “Lindberg Act,” that called for the death penalty in interstate kidnapping cases.
    • On May 18 1955 – Operation Passage to Freedom, the evacuation of 310,000 Vietnamese civilians, soldiers and non-Vietnamese members of the French Army from communist North Vietnam to South Vietnam following the end of the First Indochina War, ends.
    • On May 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 10 is launched.
    • On May 18 1980 – Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage.
    • On May 18 2005 – A second photo from the Hubble Space Telescope confirms that Pluto has two additional moons, Nix and Hydra.
    • On May 18 2015 – At least 78 people die in a landslides caused by heavy rains in the Colombian town of Salgar.
  • Birthdays
    • Tina Fey (46)
    • Jack Johnson (41)
    • Pope John Paul ll (1920-2005)
    • Reggie Jackson (70)
    • Perry Como (1912-2001)
    • Addison Holley (16)
    • Polina (Edmunds (18)
    • Manu Tuilagi (25)
    • Vince Young (33)
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